A Moment Of Shear Panic

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Chris L's Comment
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So this morning I was conducting my pre-trip inspection as I came around to the back of the trailer I noticed that the seal was missing I was like "Oh Schnikes someone got into the trailer!" I was kinda panicked for a split second then I realized that my trailer was empty. I think I need a vacation.....lol

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

Rob T.'s Comment
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That is too funny!

PJ's Comment
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Wait until the day your at a customer and take a nap waking up thinking your late. Then realizing your already there. It will happen at some point.

PackRat's Comment
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Or during the winter time, and you wake up at 6:00 and don’t know it it’s AM or PM!rofl-3.gif

RealDiehl's Comment
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I had a similar feeling recently. I went to check in at my delivery. They gave me a door. I came back out and as I was removing my lock from the trailer I noticed the seal was missing. I asked a nearby yard driver if he saw anyone messing with the seal. The driver said he removed it. "Thanks for the warning, people!" Nobody told me the yard driver was going to remove the seal.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Alright time for me to come clean in my moment of panic. I was trying to forget it but Packrats post reminded me. Couple months ago I worked an extra day and it resulted in me laying over in a hotel due to a 4 hour delay at backhaul. I laid down around 4pm and awoke at what turned out to be 730PM. I quickly got dressed, used the restroom and went downstairs to check out. It wasnt until I climbed into the truck getting ready to login that it occurred to me I still had 3 hours until I could get started! I was far too embarrassed to go back inside so i just slept across the seats in the truck (we have wooden crates between the seats in daycabs to store chemicals, etc). The lady at the front desk looked at me a little weird when checking out but didnt ask any questions. I paid out of pocket nearly $200 for that room (company reimbursed me) only to actually sleep about 3 hours. Yikes!

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Last winter due to weather our Indy terminal did not have enough trailers to give me a empty to take with my load, so I just took the loaded one. I got about halfway where I was going look in my mirror and only saw 1 trailer, since I was so used to hooking two I thought I lost it on the road or forgot lol. Took me a few seconds to realise I am only supposed to have 1.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Cwc's Comment
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Alright time for me to come clean in my moment of panic. I was trying to forget it but Packrats post reminded me. Couple months ago I worked an extra day and it resulted in me laying over in a hotel due to a 4 hour delay at backhaul. I laid down around 4pm and awoke at what turned out to be 730PM. I quickly got dressed, used the restroom and went downstairs to check out. It wasnt until I climbed into the truck getting ready to login that it occurred to me I still had 3 hours until I could get started! I was far too embarrassed to go back inside so i just slept across the seats in the truck (we have wooden crates between the seats in daycabs to store chemicals, etc). The lady at the front desk looked at me a little weird when checking out but didnt ask any questions. I paid out of pocket nearly $200 for that room (company reimbursed me) only to actually sleep about 3 hours. Yikes!

I've never sprang for a room but totally guilty of the rest. I find when I do the split sleeper for a couple of days in row I'll wake up after only a few hours thinking it's time to roll. If I'm not doing the split sleeper however, I find I probably don't need an alarm. Like I will wake up just in time to shut the alarm off without it ever going off. But strangely enough single digit minutes till it does go off.

Nothing worse than waking up startled your late to get moving, seeing the sun is up making you think it's later than that 0630 start time you had planned, only to find out it's 1930.

PackRat's Comment
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Another one I do fairly regularly is wake up and it may take awhile to remember which state I’ve parked in.

They all look the same with the curtains closed.rofl-2.gifrofl-2.gif

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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This thread is a HOOT, y'all~!! When i'd ride OTR with the hubby, and we'd be parked safe and sound tail in, and he'd be snoring cutting the zzzz'... my light sleeper self would watch the truck beside us pull out, and scream TOM .... and check the red and yellow.. thinking we are falling down the embankment.

He always parked in the back; by choice not necessity, trying to get exercise and less 'company' ... nearby. Yes, he pulled reefers too for a while, LoL. That purr would actually 'peace' me out.

He finally bought me a headset that plugged into something in the truck, so I would listen to 'white noise' instead of waking him up when a truck beside us was leaving. The perils of being a light sleeper, haha!

Needless to say, it was hard to fall back asleep. Probably for him, too. No wonder he's taking a 'pass' on me going back on the road with him, haha!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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